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MakeUseOf

MakeUseOf
Type Private
Founded July 2006
Headquarters Colchester, United Kingdom
Founder(s) Aibek Esengulov
Key people Aibek Esengulov, Chief Executive Officer
Kaly Mochoev, Chief Operating Officer
Jackson Chung, M.D., Chief Visionary Officer
Justin Pot, Managing Editor
James Bruce, Chief Technology Officer
Employees 24
Slogan(s) "Technology Simplified"
Website www.makeuseof.com
Alexa rank negative increase 1,062 (April 2014)[1]
Type of site blog

MakeUseOf is a British technology and internet apps blog founded by Aibek Esengulov and Kaly Mochoev. The website's primary focus is software, web applications, and technology, but they have also recently started covering news, opinion, and gadgets as well.[2] MakeUseOf was launched in July 2006 and now employs 24 members of staff from various parts of the world.

The site publishes, on average, 15 posts a day from Monday to Friday, with a reduced schedule at weekends. The main blog is backed up by a directory and a Yahoo Answers-type of page for unanswered technology questions. The site also offers a growing collection of free e-books (in PDF and EPUB format) and for on-line reading.

Background

Aibek Esengulov stated that the idea for MakeUseOf came about because "the biggest problem with the web was the lack of sources where users, like myself, could learn about other useful websites".[3][4]

Cracked site

In 2008, the MakeUseOf domain was stolen from its owners[5] by a thief and blackmailer, who to this day has never been caught. He gained access to the domain by hacking into Aibek Esengulov's webmail account and using details that he found to impersonate Aibek Esengulov to GoDaddy. He then quickly transferred the domain to his control and demanded $2000 for its return.

MakeUseOf quickly set up a temporary website[6] to inform its readers what was happening and began the legal process to recover the MakeUseOf.com domain. After several days, they were successful and the domain returned to their control. The cracker who stole the domain subsequently managed to evade detection.

Awards and media recommendations

PC Magazine named MakeUseOf one of the "Top 100 Undiscovered Websites" in 2007.[7] MakeUseOf has also been named one of the "Top 100 Classic Websites" by PC Magazine on two separate years (2008[8] and 2010[9]).

In 2008, Fast Company named MakeUseOf as "one of the top ten websites you never heard of".[10]

References

  1. ^ "Makeuseof.com Site Info".  
  2. ^ Elmer, Vickie (5 September 2010). "Mobile Apps Can Give Careers, Job Searches A Boost". Washington Post. 
  3. ^ "The Major Geeks of MakeUseOf".  
  4. ^ "Aibek Esengulov of MakeUseOf Shares His Startup Story".  
  5. ^ "MakeUseOf.com Domain Stolen".  
  6. ^ "MakeUseOf Temporary Domain". MakeUseOf. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Undiscovered Websites 2007".  
  8. ^ "Top 100 Classic Websites 2008".  
  9. ^ "Top 100 Undiscovered Websites 2010".  
  10. ^ "Top Ten Websites You Never Heard Of".  

External links

  • Official Website
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